What is a qui tam? The legal practice explained and its origin

Qui tam started here in the United States in the 1800s during the Civil War.  Originally it was named “the Lincoln Law” and was enacted in order to stop the corruption and fraud the government was suffering trying to buy supplies for the war.  The fraud was rampant at all levels, from the sale of…



National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

What an amazing day today actually is! What you say? It’s not my birthday! It’s not the 4th of July!  It’s not even National Send your Grandma a Hallmark Card Day! What is today? Today is National Whistleblower Day! I am sure you count the days each year for this fantastic holiday. Ok, maybe I am a bit over…



Money Extortion: How it can affect a qui tam lawsuit

It is commonly known that you are not allowed to “extort” money from a person.  What does it mean to extort money? The definition is to obtain something by force, threat or other unfair means. In other words, you can’t threaten to turn in a criminal unless they pay you money.  But what about employment situations…



Zoltan Barati for the State of Florida v Motorola: The Most Important Question in Florida Whistleblower Law is Being Decided in This Matter.

Will our client, Zoltan Barati and the people of the State of Florida, get their day in court?  In this case Florida’s whistleblower statute and system is being turned on its head. The important question being decided is whether corruption will be given a loophole to escape responsibility.Qui tam/False Claims Act/Whistleblower laws were created to…



How much money do war contractors make? Apparently not enough!

One such contractor, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc (KBR) is being sued by a whistleblower and the Department of Justice for defrauding the government.  The lawsuit says two Kuwaiti firms, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Company and First Kuwaiti Trading Company both were using a kickback scheme along with overbilling to rip off…





Seven Rules to Live By in Qui Tam/Whistleblower Cases

Fraud is everywhere and ever present. We can’t avoid it, and we can’t stop it all. Sometimes it feels like there’s no way around it. The worst part is that many people don’t really know what to do about it when they are faced with the situation.Here they are, stuck in a giant corporation a…



Massachusetts: Small State, Big Tax Fraud Schemes

I love Massachusetts.It is like Texas, but on a smaller scale. Like its oversized counterpart, everyone does it big in Massachusetts.Unfortunately, that also goes for tax fraud. Last year William Scott Dion, was convicted for conspiring to defraud the United States of tax revenue through multiple tax fraud methods and scams.Sound familiar? It seems to…



Defendant Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud the IRS

Investors beware: Tax cheats can hurt you, too!Larry Lough of Ohio was sent to jail for two years for defrauding investors and failing to pay employment taxes. (Incidentally, I grew up about 60 miles from Larry.)Mr. Lough was the operator of a company called Tri E Technologies (TET). He committed the most typical class of…



Federal Tax Fraud: Sometimes Even Gentlemen Don’t Pay Their Taxes

September 2012 was a busy month for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) out west, especially in the area of straight up federal tax payments.On September 20, 2012, James Davis pled guilty to federal tax fraud.Mr. Davis was the owner of Hardcore Management, LLC. Hardcore was one of many vendors Davis used to service his gentlemen’s…



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